Colonic microbiota signatures across five northern European countries

C. Lay, L. Rigottier-Gois, K. Holmstrom, M. Rajilic-Stojanovic, E.E. Vaughan, W.M. de Vos, M.D. Collins, R. Thiel, P. Namsolleck, M. Blaut, J. Dore

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The composition of the colonic microbiota of 91 northern Europeans was characterized by fluorescent in situ hybridization using 18 phylogenetic probes. On average 75% of the bacteria were identified, and large interindividual variations were observed. Clostridium coccoides and Clostridium leptum were the dominant groups (28.0% and 25.2%), followed by the Bacteroides (8.5%). According to principal component analysis, no significant grouping with respect to geographic origin, age, or gender was observed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4153-4155
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • 16s ribosomal-rna
  • in-situ hybridization
  • human fecal samples
  • targeted oligonucleotide probes
  • human feces
  • flow-cytometry
  • communities
  • bacteria
  • quantification
  • microflora

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    Lay, C., Rigottier-Gois, L., Holmstrom, K., Rajilic-Stojanovic, M., Vaughan, E. E., de Vos, W. M., Collins, M. D., Thiel, R., Namsolleck, P., Blaut, M., & Dore, J. (2005). Colonic microbiota signatures across five northern European countries. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71(7), 4153-4155.